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Greek and Arabic Wedding… Feb 07 2009_Atlanta Hilton Northeast

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 

Ok, wow -where to begin….? Jamal Chehemi (pronounced She-He-Me) and his fiancee Danielle Maurone – Now Mr. and Mrs. Chehemi… met with me about 6 months ago to discuss Lethal Rhythms handling their reception.   I knew within 5 minutes of meeting with them that 1) this was probably one of the most laid back couples I had ever met 2) the reception was going to be a real challenge, and that if another DJ company tried to handle the style needed – they would most likely fail … miserably!

I only say this NOT because I am egotistical (ahem!) but because of the unique mixture of music request. Jamal and his family have Arabic blood. Jamal wanted Arabic music played as well as Greek “Debki” dance music. Danielle wanted a mixture of everything else!

Fast forward to the night of the event. The Hilton seems unprepared to handle the guest count of 300+. If you are planning a wedding of 250+ be sure to find a good wedding coordinator! The facility seemed a little overwhelmed with the guest count. I saw guests sitting around watching other guests eat (and worse – standing in line at the Buffet table…) waiting for clean plates to be provided.

Little things like that – can easily kill the mood of the event. And it becomes a lot of work to keep those people entertained.

So back to the music… as we finished dinner, we went right into the toasts and cake cutting… as is usual for our format. We believe the cake cutting should be done right away after dinner… for many reasons. Once the special dances (Father/Daughter and Mother/Son) were completed we went right into the party… started it off by looping the intro to Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and announcing the importance of the day… the floor was packed before the loop was released. It stayed packed for over an hour.

I really enjoyed tackling the challenging music styles, I mixed songs live such as Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” with Amr Diab “Nour El Ain” and Greek Debki. It was very interesting. I recall one of my favorites was when i was mixing the track “What You Like” by TI with Nancy Ajram “Ana Yalli Baheback”. Now of course you have heard the first track, but probably none of the Arabic stuff. Understandable. I only put this in writing to demonstrate our flexibility with different music styles… The best part of the night (at least for me) was when a guest came up and told me to “quit using remixes – you can’t mix!”. What was funny was, he thought I was using special remixes of everything and had no idea i was making those mixes live! LOL. I wanted to say “thanks for the compliment” but he would not have got it…

So, he was the only one (out of 300) that had something negative to say… I was told he used to be a “wedding DJ” at one time… those Wedding DJs…they never figure it out =) Ok, so many different fun things went on this night… can’t wait to post the video and more photos.. coming soon! For more info, check us out at http://www.lethalrhythms.com/

Posted by Joel Of Lethal Rhythms at 2:21 PM

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Friday and Saturday…. Ann and Geoff at The PeachTree Club and Private Party in Covington

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 

Tony Brewer specialist Christopher Macksey called on us to help him create a club / lounge feel for a client’s 40th Birthday. Can’t wait to post the photos of the set up. A private clubhouse in Convington was converted to a private lounge, complete with VIP tent.
We created a surround sound with multiple speakers set up around the tent. We created special mixes and samples to prepare for the party… and what a Party it was!
Check out the Birthday Intro Mix here. (A remix of 50 cent “in da club” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”… Wild at Heart” ladies Kelly, Amanda and Amy take a shot on our DJ set up. They could not resist the mixes!
Pictured to the Left: The Birthday Crew with Bill and Leigh. You can bet they had a blast… Bill insisted on driving back to his home (yes, it was in the subdivision) to get us a worthwhile tip… LOL. We mixed a lot of 80’s music, rock and roll, top 40 and fun clean Hip Hop… check out a sample here. Email us for more demo materials. We will post the testimonial as soon as we receive it! =)
Posted by Joel Of Lethal Rhythms at 11:41 PM

Atlanta Wedding at the Evergreen Marriott – unique music tastes mix with more typical wedding party songs

Monday, January 19, 2009

Well another week has passed…yes… i keep finding it difficult to do nightly blogs… its so funny … at each event I think of so many things that I want to share with brides, etc… and then after the event is over we get slammed and have to keep moving forward…

So this past weekend we were hosting the wedding reception for Mr and Mrs Taylor Alexander (Taylor and Kathryn) at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort on Stone Mountain.

There is a new addition to the Marriott, each ballroom is suitable for a wedding party of up to to 300 people. Learn more here.

 

Kathryn and Taylor, like so many brides, hired us for our event planning capabilites (helping them draw up a timeline that is personalized for their specific situation (music tastes, demographics, etc.) being a professional MC and Mix DJ was just a bonus =). We created an event that allowed them to enjoy the music they personally liked (Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, etc.,) while allowing the guests to have a great time as well… Making special mixes of Kool and The Gang “Get Down On It” as one example. Visit our Lethal Rhythms website or email us for more info.

As you can see from a few of our quickshots (as in shooting from the stage while mixing) people were definitely partying. The fun thing about this reception … The bride and groom decided they wanted to cut out a bit early because the guests were getting tired… the groom said to me… “I think they are getting tired…let’s play a few more and let them go home… we did the last dance and then I kept the people dancing to my megamix of hits for almost 20 more minutes! “You were everything we expected and more… we couldn’t have been more pleased!” – Jason Alexander

Posted by Joel Of Lethal Rhythms at 9:22 PM

Ceremony Break Down… Everything You Need to Know…

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

As I mentioned in a previous blog (below) , We at Lethal Rhythms were contacted by Conde Naste in New York to write an article about the new music styles and song suggestions for different parts of both the ceremony and reception. I have always believed that a bride is thrown into a situation of having to make a lot of important decisions without much expertise. We understand that this is probably your first time as a bride… and probably feel a bit overwhelmed by the entire process… The number one item that new brides have some difficulty with is the actual wedding ceremony. I thought it would be useful to break down the components of the “typical” ceremony.

Lethal Rhythms Ceremony Outline

Typical Ceremony times are 20-30 min from the time the actual procession begins (grandmothers, mother’s, etc.).

Pre Precessional (Pre Ceremony)typically 20-30 minutes of music for guests to seat. Weddings with over 100 guests should start the music 30 minutes prior to actual ceremony, unless a “keeping area” has been established for the guests. This type of wedding music is generally vocal, melodic type, some great artists to add are Vitamin string Quartet (quartet instrumentals of various folk rock songs), O Neal Brothers (piano style of classic songs). or actual vocals that match the feel or atmosphere you are looking to create.

The Processional – this when the guests are already seated and the actual wedding party begins to enter. The order is typically the following: Grandmothers, (brides grandmother then grooms grandmother)Mothers (brides mother then grooms mother)Preacher/Groom and Groomsmen Bridesmaids Ring BearerFlower Girl(s)Bride’s entrance
Unity Candle/Sand Ceremony (if applicable).

The Recessional – When the Bride and Groom, bridal party and family of both sides exit the ceremony.

Generally for the processional you would pick a song to encompass each group above. For example, one song for the grandmother(s) to enter – escorted by their husband or other person of note. (including possible usher) A new song for the mother(s) to enter. The Preacher, Groom and Groomsmen could also enter on the same song as the mothers if time allows.

If a Unity candle is present, then after both mothers have seated, they would turn to look at each other, nod and approach the altar. The bride’s mother would light the candle on the left side, and the groom’s mother would light the candle on the right hand side, leaving the larger center candle untouched.

If there is no unity candle, then the Preacher, Groom and Groomsmen could come into the end of the mother(s) song. (The Preacher/Groom/Groomsmen tend to come from a different direction the the rest of the bridal party, to avoid seeing the bride before the right time) .

The bridesmaids are next to approach the altar. A new song would signal the release of the bridesmaids. (Each bridesmaid woudl approach one at a time, approx 30 paces between – same for exiting (to allow for photos). The order would be the shortest to the tallest, ending with the maid or matron of honor, or both. In cases of both maid and matron of honor, the maid of honor would approach prior to the matron of honor.

The ring bearer (if applicable) then the flowergirls would finish the bridesmaids song.
There should be a moment prior to the bride’s entrance. The bride is on the left hand side of her Father. The Father will escort her to the altar and remain by her side until asked to deliver or give her away.I have seen a song sung or played prior to the bridal appearance. The bride comes in to her chosen track, escorted by her Father, or Mother, or Both.

At the designated time, the preacher should indicate that the guests rise out of respect for the bride and her family. When the bride approaches, she should be careful to walk slowly, so the guests can admire her entrance as well as allowing the photographer/cinematographer to capture every moment.
Once the bride reachers the altar, the preacher will welcome everyone, indicate that this day is a very important day, ask for the guests commitment to be witness, uphold and honor all that is laid out before them on this day. Then the preacher will ask who is to give up the bride (generally the father of the bride or both parents).

Once the father announces his release of the bride, the groom will step down to face his bride. The father offers her right hand and places it in the grooms left hand. The Bride then reaches out with her left hand and gives it to the groom, signaling her acceptance. This will cause them to turn and face each other.

The preacher will then continue. At this point there are variations. Generally there will be prayer, respective readings from the Bible, signification of the importance of the Marriage between husband and wife and then the vows. After the Vows are spoken the bride and groom may opt to do the Unity Candle or the Sand ceremony, both displayed here:

Unity candle – if a Unity candle is used, the bride and groom will take their respective candles (brides on left and groom’s on right) and light the center candle together. This is to signify a blending of the two families into a new family, one which cannot be separated. The bride and groom would generaly have a song for this portion of the ceremony.

Sand ceremony – same premise as the unity candle, the mothers bring the sand (if not already set up at the alter). The sand should be two seperate shades (light and dark, etc). The bride and groom each take their respective sand containers and pour them into a new container, signifying the blending of the two families, one that can not be separated. The bride and groom would generaly have a song for this portion of the ceremony.

Once the rituals and vows have been completed the Preacher will announce that by the power vested in him/her the couple are officially married. He will then invite the groom to kiss his new wife. After they kiss, he will have them turn to face their guests, and will introduce the new couple to much cheering, fanfare and applause.

The couple will then proceed down the aisle to a song of thier choosing. This can be a fun upbeat song, or something more traditional.

The bridal party will follow, (reversing the order of entry) Starting with the Maid of Honor escorted by the Best man, and then the groomsmen escorting the bridesmaids back down the aise. Then the family of the Bride and Groom proceed to go down the reverse order of seating – mothers then grandmothers.

Once the family has exited, the preacher should Thank the guests for attending, remind them of their promise to safewatch the bride and groom and then let them know where the cocktail hour will be.

Posted by Joel Of Lethal Rhythms at 2:18 PM

Where Do We Start?

Monday, January 5, 2009 

2009 HAS BEGUN!

 

 

Wow, what a fantastic year! 2008 was truly amazing… a record year for us… you can probably tell we have not had much time to blog about all of our experiences… well, we are promising (officially) to blog a lot more.. so much info to share with the new brides…

  So why was 2008 so amazing?? There are a lot of reasons for it… from personalization of our events, to our professional mixing capabilities…. 2008 ended (culminated) and 2009 started with our biggest bash of the year – The DownTown Countdown… the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. This was our 4th year performing and the number of people who came down was amazing! Last year there were approximately 3500 people… can’t wait to hear the official count for the 2008 countdown… Photos will be posted on our site, here. I can not tell you how many people came up to the DJ booth at that event to tell us how much fun they were having… some samples are below… we are thinking we will be the main act in 2009… keep ya posted!

Music samples from our New Years Eve bash can be sampled here.

Three days later, on January 5th, we sponsored the largest bridal show in the Southeast, the Elite Events Georgia Bridal Show…. I was honored to be chosen as an expert panelist, and was able to answer questions fielded from brides regarding music styles, dj choices, etc. Our booth was bombarded by brides wanting to know more about our services. It was a truly busy day. Phew! Approximately 700 brides came through the doors, and we have almost 300 requests for more information – including a DJ for Cabo San Lucas – now that is what I am talking about! I have to give props to one our favorite video specialists – Dustin, from indyproductions… while he was not in attendance at the event, brides still marvelled over his creations.. you can see his wedding video demo on his blog here

Another great way to start off the year was being asked by Brides Magazine to write an article about music styles and wedding personalization – past and present. That magazine is expected to hit the shelves mid to late January. I will post a link to that as soon as it is out…

 Finally… have you heard about the movie “Bride Wars” starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway? Lethal Rhythms was honored to be chosen as the corporate sponsor for the sneak preview on January 8th at Phipps Theatre. We will be giving away an IPod full of our own specialized remixes of the top dance hits in hip hop, top 40, the classics, etc. Below is the first invite… Our recap will definitely follow!

Posted by Joel Of Lethal Rhythms at 5:47 PM

Music is my drug, and I am addicted to it…The Starbucks Story

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 

Music is my drug, and I am addicted to it – kinda like some people are addicted to Starbucks.. So – here is my Starbucks experience from today….

Today, after a whirlwind of bridal activity, I had an evening meeting at Starbucks, which I like to refer to as the “Business Office 2.0”

I met with Carissa and her fiancee.. a great couple who plan on having their event at The Pavillion of East Cobb… a great location with a HUGE dance floor and a very professional yet classy set up… check them out at http://www.pavillioncatering.com/ … so Carissa, the bride, was ablsolutely exstatic about her wedding and you could just feel the excitement – it was infectious…and the groom…i thought he might be in sales or something similar…because of his outgoing personality, his personal style (tie with dress shirt, but tie not pulled exactly even, his hair style, etc … why am i writing all of this? because he was a “controller”… not in the bad sense…but the job sense..a financial controller… did not see that coming…but i knew between the two of them, he with his great attitude and very entertaining sense of humor and her with her infectious happy attitude, that this event would be a smashing success…

So why blog about this couple BEFORE the big day? because of a funny story… we were sitting at Starbucks chatting and the groom pointed out another bridal couple chatting with a photographer sitting next to us… he thought it was funny and called Starbucks “The Brides Haven”… there is something to that for sure… as a vendor we try to locate an area to meet that is convenient – for both parties… and of course Starbucks are everywhere!

so back to the story… after thanking Carissa and her beau for their time, i decide to get a White chocolate mocha… my fave!

I digress! So after chatting with the Starbucks crew for a moment, the photographer (whom the groom had pointed out…) said “Hey how are you?” I know what that meant, somewhere in the past, we had worked together…He had a familiar face… and guess what… he pulls out a demo album shot in mid 2006 and shows me a few images from a wedding we worked… and there is a picture of me working the crowd… and he said to his bridal clients… this was a great event.. it was really fun….and they just smiled at me…wow… ok, i have had some pretty interesting … aka … neat… things happen…but that was one of those moments… where you just feel good about what you are doing… i had to ask for his card and told him to contact me… when he does i will post those photos and his link here…

so to wrap up … the Starbucks girls – they said.. “we listened to you during your meeting and it sounds like you really know what you are doing”… ends up two of the three girls knew someone getting married looking for a great DJ… and they wanted to pass my info along…what a great day!

Posted by Joel Of Lethal Rhythms at 12:04 AM

Atlanta Wedding DJ Joel Rabe of Lethal Rhythms in Jekyll Island

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I have to start a post somehow… so why not with the review of Cara and Drew’s wedding ceremony and reception at Jekyll Island, GA on June 21 2008? Just a few weeks back…

This has to have been one of the top 5 stylish weddings I have done this past year… ok, top 10. I have done a lot of elegant wedding receptions in Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Jekyll Island and even in Destin and Jacksonville FL!
The crazy thing about this particular event was how much color was infused by the bride, and just how fashionable it really was!
Take a look at some of the photos (provided by Scarlett Lillian – an amazing fashion style shooter)… check her out at http://www.scarlettlillian.net/ (blog) or her site at http://www.scarlettlilllian.com/ .
So you see all the color? Obviously an outdoor ceremony right? …imagine how the bride felt when…it rained JUST before her outdoor ceremony was to take place… ok, for me, as the “DJ” part, I was supposed to be playing the ceremony music….so I had already set up and had to break down and move inside the Jekyll Island Club “emergency ceremony room” …
When I was inside, I saw the bride for the first time in her dress – and she was crying! Because the rain was ruining her outdoor wedding ceremony dreams — so, if you know me, I will do absolutely anything for the client – so I told her if she wanted to wait and see if the rain would slow, we could set up (again) outside.
Needless to say, (and to make a long story short) the bride requested we move outside…the rain was coming in bands, which meant start, stop, start, stop…. I ended up moving back and forth three times – and setting up each time – just so Cara could have her sunny day.
The funniest part of the story is on the third time the father of the bride came up and said… “um… I am supposed to ask you something….” and I said.. “let me guess….”
The amazing part of the story is that the grandparents of the bride were delayed for whatever reason and would have missed the ceremony if things had gone according to schedule… and actually arrived just in time to be escorted down the aisle …. it was an amazing event – once it finally started!
Here are the comments from the bride and groom, and the bride’s parents…
=)
Hi Joel, I wanted to send you an email to tell you what a fantastic job you did at Cara and Drew’s wedding. We are so grateful for your patience and understanding when the weather did not cooperate. We felt bad to put you through all the back and forth with multiple set ups. You set up three times! You were amazing! The Hotel staff went on and on about how great you are to work with – Now we understand – Thank you for that! Our guests are still talking about how great the D.J. / Entertainer was and how fun you made the reception. The music is key to the whole event and you made it all come together. Thank you so much from my husband and myself and from Cara and Drew. We will give you a rave review any time. Again thank you for a wonderful evening we will never forget. And next time we need a fantastic D.J., we know where to find you!Wishing you the best,
Ron & Kim \ June 21, 2008

Hey Joel! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to get back to you, things have been so crazy since the wedding ended, it’s weird how life just keeps going. Although that day everyone, INCLUDING you, made Drew and I feel like we were the only ones in the world. I could never find the words to thank you enough for making the vision of our outdoor wedding come to life, even with the rain setting everything back. You worked so hard and I know it was such a pain, but I can never tell you how much that meant to us. You went above and beyond to ensure that our day was everything we wanted it to be. From the moment that music started and the wedding party was walking down the aisle, memories were made that we will never forget. You were so caring and helpful and I still remember seeing you for the first time in that little room and just crying so hard, I knew right then that you were going to help do anything you could to make my wedding dreams come true. My biggest regret throughout the whole wedding was that we couldn’t have the reception longer because you were so amazing! Everyone was having such a great time and even Drew’s grandmother who we have NEVER seen dance was up on the dance floor. There were so many memorable moments during the course of that day and you were the reason for so many of them. You are amazing at what you do and your talent speaks for itself, anyone would be lucky to have you as their DJ and I am so glad we had the opportunity. Thank you so much and we look forward to working with you in one way or another in the future. All our love and thanks,Cara and Drew

You can see more at our site http://www.lethalrhythms.com/

Joel Rabe of Lethal Rhythms is an Atlanta DJ chosen by the Knot Magazine as “Top Pick” for the state of Georgia… he loves to offer that quote … and avoids any mention of those “northern georgia DJs…”